Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday criticized President Obama for the comments he made following the mass shooting in Oregon that left 10 people dead.
"Well, unfortunately that is the approach with President Obama on every issue, is that he seeks to tear us apart, he seeks to politicize it and it's worth remembering he is ideological and he's a radical," Cruz stated on the Mark Levin Show. "You know, as his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel said, 'you never let a good crisis go to waste' and that sadly is his approach."
Speaking from the White House briefing room on Thursday, the president called the latest mass shooting at a small community college in Oregon "a political choice" that the country allows to happen again and again. The president, in comments directed at the gun lobby, added "this is something we should politicize."'
Cruz said Obama would use the tragedy as excuse to take away guns from law-abiding Americans.
"We ought to first of all be lifting up in prayer the families of those who lost their loved ones today to this horrific crime, we still don't know the details of what exactly happened or what the motivations were, but what is clear is that every time we see a shooting of this kind, we've seen people with significant mental illnesses, with people who are violent criminals and there is no doubt that we ought to come down on violent criminals like a ton of bricks," said Cruz.
"We ought to do everything we can, for example, to be prosecuting the felons and fugitives who are trying to illegally buy guns. The Obama administration doesn't do that. Instead they try to use these tragedies as an excuse to come after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. It's unconstitutional, it's cynical, and it's wrong."
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